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My Vocation Story
from Fr. Chad King on July 20, 2014
Let me share with you my "Vocation story." I have always been Catholic and my family and I went to Mass every Sunday. However, it wasn't until my family moved to Chandler, AZ when I was in the 6th grade that we got more involved in the life of the parish. I went to the Junior High program, and then was very involved in the High School Youth Group. I grew a lot in my faith during high school. It was on a youth group retreat when I was a junior in high school, and was thinking about what I wanted to study in college and do as a career, that I did think about priesthood. At the time, I assumed that because I loved God and had a strong faith, therefore God was calling me to be a priest. So from high school I thought about becoming a priest.
While I was in high school, my sister was in college at a Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio. After visiting her I realized I also wanted to go there. My sister, though, encouraged me to go to Mesa Community College for two years before transferring to save money, so I did. I knew that Franciscan University is one of the top Catholic Universities in the United States, and so if I did have a vocation to the priesthood going to such a Catholic University would not hurt but only help my vocation. One of the great things about Franciscan University are the households, in which students are able to choose the community to pray together and foster spiritual growth according to each household's charisms. Still discerning the priesthood, I entered a household of other discerning guys, and started working on the degrees of Philosophy and Theology.
However, during the summer between my junior and senior year of college I had a strong desire to date somebody. I did not know who, there wasn't a girl "who got away," or who I wondered "what if" about, but perhaps because I hadn't dated much in high school or early college, I wanted to date somebody. During that summer, I prayed a lot, and tried to discern if that desire was coming from God. Having prayed but not hearing clearly and still having that desire, when I went back to school for my senior year, I discerned out of the formation for priesthood, though I kept on track to get BA's in Philosophy and Theology. After graduating, I came back to Arizona and got a job as a youth minister at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe for one year. It was here that I realized the need for men to be holy husbands and fathers, just as much as holy priests, and I grew to appreciate and love the Sacrament of Marriage. For the next four years I worked at the front desk of a hotel, a Credit Card call center and then for Bank of America fraud department. All the while I was involved in parishes helping with RCIA. During this time I was dating here and there but nothing serious, although my heart was planning on marriage, I continued to pray that God's will would be done.
Then in 2004, six years after college, I was at a Men's Mission at the parish. The visiting priest giving the retreat was a real man of prayer. His words stirred my heart again to be that kind of man, to be a man of prayer. In the Holy Hour that evening with my heart desiring God and holiness in a renewed and deeper way, God placed the idea of priesthood back on my heart. Remember that in high school I was assuming that priesthood was God's will for me, but I guess it took me much longer for me to desire, to be open to know God's will for my life. From that moment on, I kept discerning priesthood, applied, and a few months later I entered Seminary. I was ordained four years ago and here I am today thankful for the opportunity to serve you. I love being a priest and I am very happy knowing I am doing God's will for my life.
Help Wanted: Volunteers to help clean church & altar linens
Attention Scouts, NHS members and those needing service hours: please contact Dorée Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can certainly use your help on Saturday mornings, as well as some help with linen washings.
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Help Wanted: Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament
Please consider committing to one of the following hours for Eucharistic Adoration:
Monday: 2:00am, 3:00am, 6:00am, 5:00pm, 8:00pm
Friday: 4:00am, 6:00am, 7:00am
Saturday: 3:00pm, 8:00pm
There is also a great need for Prayer Partners for all hours. For more information and to sign-up, please call David or Fran Grattan at 480-460-4134 or email email@example.com.
The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day and is located on the east side of the church. Enter from the north parking lot by way of the Prayer Garden.
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Texas Hold’ Em Poker
Jul 26, 2014 (6:00p)
in Rooms 5 &6
Please make plans to play! The tournament is open to the public, so invite a friend, spouse, son, daughter, or neighbor!
Complimentary snacks & soda!
$2 beer & wine!
Prizes for the top 3 finishers!
Money raised will support the education of our seminarians.
Contact event chair John Gavin at JandSGavin@cox.net or 602-670-3455 if you have any questions.
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First Saturday Rosary Hike
Aug 2, 2014 (8:15a - 11:00a)
Join other Parishioners for a Rosary Hike on South Mountain on the ﬁrst Saturday of every month! Fr. Rafael will give a short reflection along the way and will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
When: Sat, Aug 2 - Begin with 8:15am Mass. Finish hike by 11:00am.
Where: Mass at Corpus Christi. Hike along Warpaint trailhead.
Who: People of all ages (7-70+)
What to bring: Rosary, water & a light snack
For additional information, contact Pete Hofmann, 602-531-7487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Aug 5, 2014 (6:00p)
First Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm.
All parishioners are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a small amount of water, salt, and olive oil with them to be blessed during the Mass. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be offered.
Upcoming healing Masses:
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Annual Joe Hasulak Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Sep 13, 2014 (7:30a)
Our annual Joe Hasulak Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be taking place on Sat, Sep 13. It will be hosted at the prestigious Whirlwind Golf Club. This will be a four person scramble with a 7:30am Shotgun start.
Over the last 20 years, over $100,000 has been donated to charity from the proceeds of this tournament! This year's charities will be Maggie's Place and St. Mary's Food Bank. As with last years' tournament, we will be hosting the Wounded Warriors to come and play with us!
We are looking for sponsors and golfers! There are multiple levels of sponsorship available which also includes sponsoring a Wounded Warrior to play.
The best rate is to sign up as a foursome, but you also can sign up as a single!
To find out more information, please contact Chuck Fraas at email@example.com.
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